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The Idiot Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Name/address in local language
+7 812 315-16-75
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was expecting an authentic cosy place but encountered dirty/torn/stained carpet and run down furniture. Run down furniture could be OK and even romantic aside from the fact that tables were not well cleaned and the carpet was simply filthy. The service was poor quality - not fiendly (not rude either), dirty dishes not removed, one waitress speaking loudly to... More 

Thank Veronica_ML
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

It was our first restaurant in st Petersburg and we don't know at all the traditional Russian food. The waitress was perfect with us and recommand us our complete dinner.. we were perfectly happy about her suggestions (vodka, red caviar, stroganoff beef and salmon). That was a perfect beginning to start our trip in Saint Petersburg!!!! Spaciba Bolchoï !!!!

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Tunbridge Wells
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

It is a well known eatery in the city so we decided to give it a try. Excellent service and very good food. Bit odd getting vodka with early brunch but when in Rome....... My stroganoff was very good and my wife's salmon great. Service is speedy and very efficient.The borch soup is not quite what I have been used,... More 

Thank suedeblue
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Recommended to us by our guide this cosy little restaurant is near the Yusopov Palace. Divided into small areas/rooms it offers cosy and semi-private dining. Decor was pretty and spotlessly clean everywhere. Menu was translated into English, waitress helped with further explanations of local dishes and wines. Food was hot and tasty, wine was cold and good quality. Service was... More 

Thank denise h
Brussels, Belgium
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Very cosy and homey, good food with a lot of vegetarian options (but also lots of fish & meat) and very friendly staff

Thank Stanm0re
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The staff is very friendly and speaks English. The food was good, but I found the portion too small. The prices are medium range to quite expensive for Saint Petersburg. Nice 'old Russian' atmosphere. Free wodka shot!

Thank Sara M
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I asked for information and I got a detailed explanation of the difference between each dish and wine from Darina, a sweet and professional waitress that loves her job and do it with passion with a nice smile. Thank you Darina for advising us on the wine, we really appreciated the local wine you suggested. The decoration is cosy and... More 

Thank Barbara C
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We walked from the Pushka Inn to the Morinksy Theater and stopped here on the way back for dinner per a recommendation from our tour guide. We were not disappointed. I had the stroganoff being in Russia, and my husband had the shrimp. Complete with chilled vodka and mulled wine for dessert, it was a fabulous dinner.

Thank HappyTrippinMamma
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Excellent value for money, very helpful staff who were more than happy to assist with food choices and the food was delicious. More than happy to recommend.

Thank Linda H
Renkum, the Netherlands
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330 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This restaurant was one of Dostojewski's favourites. I can understand it because of the location and the ambiance, which is cosy and historic with its vaulted ceilings, but the food was disappointing. So go for a drink, but eat elsewhere.

Thank Klaas S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +7 812 315-16-75

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?